What is a Foodie?

I talk a lot about being a foodie, about living a foodie lifestyle and being the family foodie.  But what exactly is a foodie?  The answer isn’t always clear.  Some people even think it’s a derogatory term!

We’re not using it in any derogatory sense here. For me, a foodie is someone who celebrates food as an integral part of a fulfilling life.  But there are as many definitions as there are foodies.

I asked some of my favorite people in the “foodie” world, as well as my Twitter and Facebook friends to give me their definitions, and let me share their collective wisdom with you.

Foodies are people who get pleasure from knowing all the details of the items they consume; the what, where, how and why of a dish or beverage. — Chef / Proprietor Alec Schuler, Arugula Bar e Ristorante 

A foodie is someone that deeply appreciates what they eat and drink.  Someone who is passionate about growing, cooking, sharing, and eating, while sipping great wine, great beer, and great cocktails.  — Bryce Clark, Hatch   

Foodie: A person who has made food, wine, and the food industry a hobby and intellectual pursuit. — Executive Chef Michael Drazsnzak, Colterra Food and Wine

A “Foodie” is someone who delights in in the craftsmanship of food, from the simplest ingredient, to the most complex creation.  A foodie appreciates the quality of the ingredients, the technical application of cooking, and the final creative result of mindful, purposeful cuisine. — Sara Stewart Martinelli, Three Leaf Concepts

A sophisticated consumer of anything edible who searches for opportunities to expand their knowledge and culinary experiences. — Andra Coberly, Editor in Chief, Yellow Scene Magazine

@SaltBoxTruck  one who spends their weekends cleaning out the chicken coup,  cooking shad roe & making kimchi

A foodie is someone who understands the importance of two culinary principals: ‘Presentation is all’ and ‘it is chemically the same’. Think of your favorite recipes, chances are they are more than eye candy and have deep roots to their appeal. They are memories and associations, and a foodie appreciates those ingredients. — Leslie Nirider, from Facebook

And, my personal favorite:

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do YOU say?”
“I say, what’s going to happen exciting today?”
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing.” — Kuvy Ax, Root PR


What’s your definition of a foodie?

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